As a reminder, Challenge 3 is still going on and is due Saturday, August 1st at midnight. Please do not forget to submit an entry for that challenge.
Note: Before asking questions, please see my post below the challenge posting to make sure your question has not already been answered.
Challenge 4: The Ultimate Thrill Ride
Six Flags is a well known regional theme park chain in North America. While they do attract a range of demographics, their core focus is thrill rides. The company is known for building some of the tallest, fastest, and most extreme roller coasters ever created.Your job is to create the next extreme roller coaster for the Six Flags park of your choice. However, your design must meet all of the following criteria:
-You may use any coaster type, but you may not use one that already exists in your chosen Six Flags park.
-You must break at least one world record OR have a first of its kind in North America feature.
-You must keep to a budget of $15 million dollars. For reference, most recent Six Flags coasters are within this budget, but most of Cedar Fair’s recent coasters exceed this amount.
-You must theme your attraction to Six Flags standards (static scenery). You may use either a generic theme, a theme relating to the location of the ride, or a theme based on one of the company’s current IPs.
-You must design a serious thrill ride. Family coasters will not be accepted for this challenge.
Your proposal for this challenge should be 3-5 pages (not including pictures) and should include:
-The name, type, and theme of your attraction
-The location of your attraction, both the park and themed area
-A description of the queue and station area for your attraction
-A list of statistics (Minimum Requirements: manufacturer, type, length, max height, inversion count (if applicable), approximate max speed, approximate ride duration, and train information)
-A complete layout description, including mention of all significant elements
-A list or records and/or firsts on your ride
-Anything else you feel will benefit your proposal
-For recent major coaster projects, Six Flags has been going primarily with Premier and Rocky Mountain Construction. You may choose one of these manufacturers if desired. Other current manufacturers of major coasters include Bolliger & Mabillard, Gravitykraft, Gerstlauer, Great Coasters International, Intamin, Mack Rides, and Maurer AG.
-Your record or unique feature can be as noteworthy or as obscure as desired, but it must be legitimate. If you need ideas, watch some Six Flags promo videos to see the types of claims Six Flags makes. False or inaccurate claims may cost you points.
-While we will not penalize you for slightly incorrect statistics, your roller coaster must be realistic and all statistics should be in the correct ballpark. To stay within the budget of this challenge, general guidelines are:
-Length: No more than 3,500 ft.
-Height: No taller than 150 ft.
-Speed: No more than 70 MPH. For a rough estimate on what this should be, use half your height. For a more accurate estimate, use the following formula: sqrt(64.4*height in feet)*0.682.
-Inversions: If you choose to include inversions, do not include more than 5.
-Duration: No more than 3 minutes. A reasonable estimate for duration (in seconds) is to divide the length (in feet) by the max speed (in MPH) and use 2-3 times this value.
-If the judges feel your coaster exceeds the budget requirement, you may be asked to show evidence. Please consider inflation when looking at the price tag of coasters over 5 years old (ex: a $15 million coaster built in 2000 would be around $20 million now). For currency conversion, use xe.com. For inflation, try usinflationcalculator.com
-Some examples of recent roller coaster installations which satisfy the technical criteria of this challenge are:
-Alpina Blitz at Nigloland
-Cu Chulainn at Tayto Park
-Flug der Damonen at Heide Park Resort
-Full Throttle at Six Flags Magic Mountain
-Karacho at Erlebnispark Tripsdrill
-Krake at Heide Park Soltau
-Outlaw Run at Silver Dollar City
-Superman Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
-Wodan Timbur Coaster at Europa Park
-X-Flight at Six Flags Great America
-Some examples of recent roller coasters which do not meet the challenge criteria are:
-Banshee at Kings Island
-Baron 1898 at Efteling
-Cannibal at Lagoon
-Fury 325 at Caronwinds
-GateKeeper at Cedar Point
-Helix at Liseberg
-Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland
-Smiler at Alton Towers
-For researching different roller coaster types and records, a good resource is the Roller Coaster DataBase (rcdb.com).
All proposals must be submitted by midnight on Saturday, August 8th.Tweet
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